Volunteering, Meals, Materials
While monetary offerings are helpful and necessary, there are other ways to contribute. Gifts of time, skill and/or food are equally important to maintaining a long-term monastic presence at any monastery and are welcome anytime. Please visit the Pacific Hermitage Support Page for more information, or to offer alms, meal and/or material goods.
Financial offerings can be made in a variety of ways as noted at the bottom of this page. Regular monthly offerings are an especially helpful way to support the monastics, as they provide a consistent financial foundation for responsible budgeting. If you are interested in making a regular automatic offering, check out the Bill Pay option. 100% of all donations are used to support the Pacific Hermitage monastics.
Pah Bahs are a beautiful and significant way to financially help the monastics meet their material needs and/or fund special projects for the Hermitage property. Sponsoring a Pah Bah, is an especially sweet way to fulfill a need for the monastics. Interested in sponsoring a Pah Bah or want to learn more, please contact us at Dana@Sanghata.net.
The Kathina and Pah Bah festivals are the primary events initiated and organized by the lay community in support of monasteries and hermitages. The Kathina festival which takes place after the end of the three-month rains retreat can only take place if there are five or more bhikkhus (monks) present, and as such Pah Bahs evolved as a way for lay communities to provide impromptu support for smaller groups of monastics.
The story goes that the Buddha allowed the monks to search for cloth with which they might make themselves a replacement robe or repair an old one. Gradually a custom evolved in which lay people, knowing the monastics’ needs, would purposely hang material in a tree so that the monastics would ‘find it.’ The custom then advanced so that not just pieces of rag or cloth were left for the monks, but whole made-up robes as well. Eventually lay communities started coming together to offer meals and other requisites to the monks, and in this way the Pah Bah has evolved.
And so, it is with the Pacific Hermitage’s monastics, every year, at least one individual or family steps forward to initiate a Pah Bah as a “sponsor”. There are often multiple sponsors for what is called a Pah Bah Samakkee. These members of the community champion the event among their friends and family, spreading the word and getting the wider community excited and engaged. As a community, we come together in celebration and support of the monastics, their practice and their service to the community by offering food, cloth, and other requisites.
Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in all or any part of the Pah Bah festival. Feel free to offer food at the potluck, and participate in the joyful feast!
Vehicles for Making Financial Donations
Questions or need assistance? Please don’t hesitate to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to help!
Many financial institutions offer a Bill Pay service. A payment can be sent to an individual or institution in the amount you indicate. Your bank mails a check to the payee in 4-7 days. You can create and maintain your payments in your online banking account. Recurring, automatic payments (monthly, quarterly, etc.) can also be established.
You don’t have to write a check or use your envelopes and stamps. This service is often free of charge. Contact your financial institution to verify the services they offer.
To create a donation in Bill Pay to support the Pacific Hermitage, you will need the following information:
P.O. Box 803
White Salmon, WA 98672-0803
Make checks payable to: Sanghata
Mail to: Pacific Hermitage
PO Box 803
White Salmon, WA 98672-0803
Wire Transfers (Link to Thai Version)
A direct deposit (wire transfer) can be safely implemented by contacting your bank or financial institution.
Pacific Northwest Federal Credit Union
12005 NE Erin Way
Portland, OR 97220-9035
Bank Routing Number: 323075754
Account Name: Sanghata Foundation
Account Number: 166445
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Pacific Hermitage every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at Amazon, they will donate a portion of eligible purchases to the Pacific Hermitage.
To take advantage of AmazonSmile, visit the AmazonSmiles web page and select the Sanghata Foundation as your charitable organization to receive donations before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.
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Donate online using a debit card (No fee). It is super simple! Just visit the Sanghata Square page, enter the amount and press “Pay”.